Friday, May 2, 2008

Jazz Fest 2nd Weekend Writer's Picks!

Thanks Sheri McKee of Where Y'at Magazine for selecting me as one of the Writer's Picks for Jazz Fest 2nd Weekend on May 3 in the Kids Tent, 12:30 pm.

Here is the review that appeared with the pick!

Johnette Downing, Multiple award-winning New Orleans author and children’s musician,

Johnette Downing, brings her engaging brand of “Louisiana Spice” to the Kids Tent at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Downing plans to celebrate the release of her new CD, Dixieland Jazz for Children, and will be performing the last portion of her show with special guests Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band.Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca updated Dixieland jazz by fusing it with new lyrics and melodies that would appeal to kids and introduce them to the culture and music of New Orleans. Downing has said that as a child growing up in New Orleans, her parents would bring the family to the French Quarter and they would stand in the doorways of jazz clubs listening to the joyful sounds of Dixieland jazz bands. Downing brings that same musical spirit of New Orleans to life on a level that any child, or even a child at heart, can relate to and enjoy. –Sheri McKee

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